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Vulture Experience

Vultures are key species in ecosystems where they occur. They consume more dead animals than other scavengers and play a major role in nutrient recycling. Vultures are also dedicated parents, social and gregarious, extremely fussy about being clean (after eating) and extraordinarily graceful on the wing. We think vultures are fantastic creatures and we aim to champion them in all that we do. Join us for this special experience so that we can share our passion for these birds with you.

You will have the opportunity to feed our King Vulture and meet our Cinereous Vultures and Griffon Vulture. You will also be able to handle and fly a variety of vulture species, which may include an African White-backed Vulture, a Turkey Vulture, a Black Vulture and a Hooded Vulture.

During the morning, you will learn more about these vitally important birds and the struggles they face around the world, whilst being able to appreciate their beauty and majestic flying capabilities at close range. We’ll also give you an insight into our overseas conservation and research work that we do with vultures.

Please note that this experience only takes place during September.

Guests must be aged 16 or over (for younger age groups, we offer Young Falconer and Children’s Owl Experiences).

£79.50

 

Your Experience

These intimate experience sessions are limited to small groups of up to six guests, with two members of our team guiding and informing you through your day. These three hour experience sessions are available in the morning or afternoon:

Afternoon sessions are half an hour longer as they include a break to watch the 2pm flying display. If you book a morning session, you are welcome to stay at the Trust after your session to enjoy the rest of our daily activities and displays. If you book an afternoon session, you are welcome to join us in the morning, before your session begins.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a gift voucher for this experience, how do I book?

Please call us on 01264 773850 (between 9am and 5pm) and have your voucher number to hand.

This experience must be pre-booked. Due to the popularity of this experience, early booking is required. Your voucher is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase; an expiry date is shown inside your gift card. Please note your experience must be booked and fulfilled before the expiry date shown. Once the voucher has expired, the experience and any related monies are forfeited.

Can I bring guests?

Your guests are welcome to visit the Trust (normal admission rates apply) but only the person booked on the experience can participate in this experience session. We regret that additional participants are not permitted to join the experience for any reason. If you have friends or family visiting the Trust for the day, a maximum of two people can join you to take photographs. Please notify your hosts on the day if you have such guests, and you will be advised about the meeting time and place for them to join you.

Can I cancel or alter my booking?

A minimum of 14 days notice is required to alter or cancel a booking. We regret that any alterations or cancellations notified after this time will result in forfeit of the event and any related monies. (If the booking has to be cancelled by the Trust, a mutually suitable alternative date will be found.) Bookings and experience vouchers are non-refundable.

What should I wear?

We would like to advise visitors that we have a natural countryside setting and sensible footwear and appropriate clothing for outdoors are recommended. Please also avoid wearing bright coloured clothing. Most walkways are laid paths; however you may find some natural unevenness within our grounds.

Do I need any special equipment?

All necessary training and equipment are supplied.

Can I take photos during my experience?

Yes! We are more than happy for you to take photographs as a memento of your day, and our staff at the experience session will be on hand to take pictures of you with the birds.

Will my experience still go ahead in bad weather?

If severe weather threatens, the Trust may cancel the event by 2pm the day before. Please contact the office on 01264 773850 after 2pm the day before your experience to confirm that the weather conditions are suitable for your experience to take place.

Other useful information about this experience:

Did you know?
Ancient Egyptians had two vulture goddesses, Nekhbet and Mut, and both are of great antiquity (c. 6000 years old).
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